Quantification of high speed actions across a competitive microcycle in professional soccer
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AuthorCampos Vázquez, Miguel Ángel; Zubillaga, Asier; Toscano Bendala, Francisco Javier; Owen, Adam Lee; Castillo Rodríguez, Alfonso
Universidad de Alicante
Campos-Vazquez, M.A., Zubillaga, A., Toscano-Bendala, F.J., Owen, A.L., & Castillo-Rodríguez, A. (2023). Quantification of high speed actions across a competitive microcycle in professional soccer. Journal of Human Sport and Exercise, 18(1), 21-33. [https://doi.org/10.14198/jhse.2023.181.03]
SponsorshipUniversity of Granada PPJIA2020.04
The main aim of this study was to compare the high-speed training session (TRs) and competitive match (OMs) demands induced on professional soccer players across an in-season microcycle. Maximum velocity (MV) and the number of actions and distance performed at high (N-HV > 14.4 km.h(-1)), very high velocity (N-VHV > 19.8 km.h(-1)) and sprint (N-SP > 25.2 km.h(-1)), in different distance zones (0-5, 5-15, 15-30, >30 m) were evaluated. Twelve professional soccer players competing within the Spanish 1st Division were the participants of the study. TRs were categorised according to days leading to the match day (MD-5, MD-4, MD-3, MD-1). The results showed significant differences between OMs and TRs across all analysed variables, except for N-HV, N-VHV, and N-SP 15-30m in the comparisons between OMs and MD-4. In addition, N-SP 15-30 m in MD-4 and MD-3 were significantly higher than in MD-1 (ES = 0.87 and 0.80, respectively) without differences in MV highlighting a tapering strategy. To conclude, the current investigation revealed a potential tapering strategy in professional soccer in conjunction to highlighting a way of maintaining MV and high speed actions across low-distance ranges (<15 m). Therefore, it would be necessary to further induce task with high-velocity actions in high-distance ranges (>30 m) across the TRs in order to replicate the velocity peaks occurred in OMs.